The area around Selsdon is rich in green spaces, one of which, Hutchinson's Bank, is a venue for work by the London Wildlife Trust to preserve a unique environment that is home to a wide variety of species, especially butterflies. You can find more on the Brilliant Butterflies Project here.
Today the grass was being cut by a horse drawn mower with a team of volunteers present to collect the grass. Part of this unique, butterfly-friendly environment is a poor chalk soil, so the grass is removed to prevent it becoming unsuitable.
Making the most of our green spaces was a high priority expressed by the more than a thousand people who contributed to the consultation phase of the Croydon Community Plan. In later stages we will be developing projects to preserve and protect these community green assets.